Industry Insights: Panel Discussion: “Who Purchases Crypto Assets? Retail, Institutional, or Corporate Investors?“

Industry Insights: Panel Discussion: “Who Purchases Crypto Assets? Retail, Institutional, or Corporate Investors?“

Industry Insights: Panel Discussion: “Who Purchases Crypto Assets? Retail, Institutional, or Corporate Investors?”

Currently, most crypto-asset investors are retail investors, which is due to several reasons. Most treasurers of institutions and companies want to calculate with a stable currency – the bitcoin, for instance, would be too volatile. Furthermore, the acceptance of cryptocurrencies as a means of payment is rather low, the preferred currency is still the local currency. In this panel, Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner (Frankfurt School Blockchain Center), Simon Seiter (Deutsche Börse), Alexander Hoeptner (Bitmex), Christoph Iwaniez (Bitwala), Dr. Rene Andres (European Investment Fund) and Frank Wagner (Invao) discuss the future implementation of cryptocurrencies with a focus on institutions and companies.

Watch this video on YouTube (ca. 33 min.).

About the lecturers

Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner has founded the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center (FSBC). In 2018 and 2019, he was ranked as one of the “top 30” economists by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), a major newspaper in Germany. Further, he belonged to the “Top 40 under 40” — a ranking by the German business magazine Capital. Since 2017, he is a member of the fintech Council of the Federal Ministry of Finance in Germany. The expertise of Prof. Sandner includes blockchain technology in general, crypto-assets such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, the digital programmable Euro, tokenization of assets and rights, and digital identity. You can contact him via mail (, or LinkedIn and Twitter

LinkedIn profile of Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner

Simon Seiter is Head of Digital Assets at Deutsche Börse, where he is in charge of building the digital infrastructure for securities trading on blockchain-based systems. Simon Seiter studied Business Informatics (B. Sc.) and Management (M. Sc.) at the University of Mannheim. Due to his experience in the DLT sector, he is a regular speaker at conferences, universities and gives various lectures. Simon Seiter also participates in various political working groups for creating framework conditions for DLT-systems.

LinkedIn profile of Simon Seiter

Alexander Hoeptner worked at Deutsche Börse AG for more than 12 years, was CEO of Börse Stuttgart, and CEO of EUWAX AG until 2020. He is the Founder and CEO of 1st Order GmbH and also CEO of 100x Group in Singapore since 2021.

LinkedIn profile of Alexander Hoeptner

Christoph Iwaniez worked for more than 8 years at Landesbank Baden-Würtemberg, last as Senior Manager. Since 2018 he is Chief Financial Officer at Bitwala GmbH, a blockchain banking service, headquartered in Berlin.

LinkedIn profile of Christoph Iwaniez

Dr. Rene Andres is an Advisory Board Member of several venture capital companies and Investment Manager at the European Investment Fund with focus on venture capital (tech).

LinkedIn profile of Dr. Rene Andres

Frank Wagner is the Founder & Owner of Serendipix Consulting, Coaching, and Management. Since 2017 he is a Founding Partner of Kraft & Krise, a boutique consulting firm specializing in working capital financing and restructuring. One year later he started a position as CEO of INVAO Trading AG and is now Founding Partner of INVAO Group, a blockchain asset pool for investors.

LinkedIn profile of Frank Wagner


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